New Video Shows Erdogan Watching Washington Brawl

Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in front of the White House in Washington,DC

Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in front of the White House in Washington,DC

Around 15 seconds after that, Mr Erdogan emerges from the auto, briefly looking on at the brawl before heading into the residence.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", the statement read.

But the Turkish Embassy said the demonstrators were aggressively provoking Turkish-Americans who had gathered to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.

A Voice of America video showed police officers struggling to protect the protesters and ordering the men in suits to retreat. "What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans", said D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

Washington police were initially overwhelmed but quickly drafted in reinforcements, quelling the fight and making two arrests, but not before 11 people including a U.S. officer were hurt.

And Turkey's calls for the U.S.to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an influential Turkish cleric and Erdogan rival whom the Turkish government claims was behind a failed 2016 coup, have so far fallen on deaf ears.

The attack allegedly perpetrated by bodyguards and other supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came under fierce criticism from Washington, D.C., police and local officials, who described it as a violent attack on peaceful demonstrators. The statement said that the US communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

The incident occurred after Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump. "We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation".

Police Chief Peter Newsham said on Wednesday the violence was "not something we tolerate in our city".

"We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged", Senator John McCain said on national television on Thursday morning. A bodyguard was standing next to the car's open door and was updating the president on the situation, and Erdogan in turn was giving orders. They said they expected "conduct more appropriate" from Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a key US ally.

"This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the USA", he told the paper.

Trump angered Erdogan by agreeing to send arms to Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a move Turkey fears could empower its own Kurdish minority.

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